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CIA classified review: Covertly arming insurgents doesn’t work — RT USA

Arming insurgencies around the world has rarely worked for the CIA without direct support from Americans on the ground, according to a still-classified agency review of the practice conducted during debate over arming rebels in Syria.The review, according to The New York Times, was one of many Central Intelligence Agency studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 as the Obama administration considered how to counter Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces amid the nation’s civil war.From aiding contra rebels against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government to the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba that ended in disaster, the study concluded that many attempts the spy agency has made in its 67-year history to covertly arm foreign fighters have had little success in effectively turning the outcome of a conflict, especially when there is no American ground support involved. 12 more words

International

Victimless Crimes

“Mr. President, you may seem alone and being humiliated, with nothing at all in foreign land,

but Mr. President, you have never been alone,

you are not alone and you will never be alone. 371 more words

Africa

International Day of the Girl 2014- Empower girls: End FGM

October 11th 2014 is the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. Female genital mutilation is one abhorrent  350 more words

FGM

Confronting Violence in the name of God

Public Lecture by Rabbi Lord Sacks on Monday 20 October at 7pm, Greenwood Theatre (Guy’s campus), Kings College London.

All are welcome and admission is free, but… 122 more words

News

Left-wing party funds Kurdish group in Syria - The Local

Enhedslisten MP Nikolaj Villumsen held a press conference with Saleh Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD, in Copenhagen on Friday afternoon in which he presented Muslim with a check for 53,500 kroner $9,000. 82 more words

Politics

Criminals, Victims and the Black Men Left Behind

The great folks at Colorlines are currently running an extensive, brilliant and insightful series on Black Men: Life Cycles of Inequity. Today’s re-post addresses the issue of violence in Black communities, … 286 more words

Masculinities